When the radio alarm clicked on the other morning it woke me with news that this years ‘A level’ results had been published. In the void between sleep and consciousness I realised that in 3 years time, it will be Tom who is awaiting this news and about to fly the nest. That made me sit up.
Tom and Spud surfing the ‘net
It galvanised me into action, we’d promised Tom we’d decorate his room (and get it fit for ‘study’ rather than facebook) and now that the builders have departed there was no excuse (and plenty of remedial work to-boot).
Tom had very clear ideas about what he wanted, new curtains, dark, dark enough to maintain a blackout suitable for teenage lie-ins and a very specific colour scheme (which entailed me painting out a previously dark blue wall with 5 coats of white paint, yes FIVE; it was exciting as watching paint dry, five times over. So with 3 walls painted in a wholesome white, the 4th wall was to be lime green ‘with paint chucked at it, fluorescent paint!’ *
I had visions of it all going horribly wrong, but what could go wrong with throwing paint? We actually we had a ball, Tom and I hadn’t as much fun with paint since preschool. It was a belly laugh. As was trying to get Tom to the bathroom afterwards to wash his feet.
at 6ft tall he is a bit long to ‘wheelbarrow’ especially round corners.
We were very happy with the finished effect (but before he leaps off into the wide world, in 3 years time, he can paint over this, as it’s going to take more than five coats to lose this.
New furniture was also required, so when last weekend Tom and Mr Uhdd had to abandon a sailing race in the Irish Sea because of bad weather, I made sure they returned home via Ikea in Warrington, Mr Uhdd had not set foot in an Ikea store for over 22 years, and by the colour of his face when he got home, (it was a shade that bore a strong resemblance to a stormy Irish Sea) it will be even longer than that before he returns again.
So this is where I’ve been of late, not immersed in nature as usual, but immersed in emulsion paint. Normal service will be resumed, all be it briefly as another four rooms and the hall stairs and landing require decorating.
*I hasten to add Tom has done a fair share of the work, but I kept him out of the white paint, but he is now a whizz at building flat pack furniture.